“If you’ve been in the Taproom lately, you’ve probably heard me say it, but my favorite season in the Black Hills is winter. I know some of you will hate me for saying it – the snow, the cold, icy roads, the cold, shoveling, the COLD. So many can get the winter blues and can’t wait for it to be over with, but for me all I see is skiing (either downhill or cross country) Fat Biking with the dogs, winter hiking, and bonfires. These are just a few of my favorite winter activities.
Winter brings us Christmas and the New Year. It is also brings us seasonal dark beers. We have several on tap now that range from our year-round favorite, Chokecherry Brown Ale, to our seasonal release, bourbon barrel aged Pay Dirt. Not to mention the obvious winter choice, Winter Warmer, which is unique in that it is brewed without hops and uses an English molasses called treacle to sweeten and bitter this Old English Ale.
If dark beers and snow ball fights aren’t enough to kick your winter blues, we’ve got something else for you. We’re going to host our first ever Winter Festival on Feb. 15! The fun will start at noon with build your own S’mores, winter games on the lawn, and mulled wine and hot hard cider. After that, there will be Fat Bike barrel racing and live music from Six Mile Road. We’ll finish up the evening with a bonfire and weenie roast.
Hopefully by now you’re feeling a bit more excited about winter and all the fun it brings along with it. If not…well, just a few months and spring will be here. In the meantime, warm up by the fire here in the taproom and don’t forget to join us Feb. 15 for an all day festival of winter fun!” – Dave Fields, Senior Brewery Lead